Speak of Austin double-header ‘an entire shock’ | PlanetF1

Speak of Austin double-header ‘an entire shock’ | PlanetF1


US Grand Prix promoter Bobby Epstein thinks {that a} double-header in Austin this season might be “one thing particular” – however wasn’t initially conscious it was a possible plan.

The Circuit of the Americas was all the way down to host one race of the 2021 season, however after the cancellation of the Singapore Grand Prix, there was discuss of a double-header going down there as an alternative.

Epstein says that this got here as a shock to him and his colleagues initially, however that the game has since approached them, though severe discussions haven’t taken place but.

“It was an entire shock to listen to that and to learn that within the press,” he instructed RACER.

“And I feel if it was meant then the way in which you’d know that it wasn’t pure hypothesis is we’d have been ready for all of the incoming questions and calls and requests for tickets and distributors and observe leases who all had questions on what’s occurring!

“So we woke as much as that on the morning that all of it got here out. The one dialog that was ever had about it was one that each promoter — that has a everlasting circuit at the least — who has had a race on the calendar over the past two seasons has had, which is, ‘If we wished to do it, would it not be potential?’

“Sooner or later, it was simply requested, ‘if we had the state of affairs, would you guys have an interest?’ and we mentioned ‘positive.’ That was weeks in the past. We’ve talked since however not likely on that topic as a result of I don’t suppose they’re [F1] actually on the level the place they’re prepared to debate that. I’ve the sensation they’ve their fingers full.”

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Whereas they haven’t significantly thought of the prospect but although, Epstein is assured that, if two races do go forward on the circuit, it is going to be good for each them and the circuit.

“If it had been good for the game we’d do all we might do, and I feel it will be good,” he added.

“We would like them to be wholesome financially, we wish the followers to eat as a lot Method 1 pleasure as they’ll — in order that’s a constructive — and it will imply extra resort rooms and guests to our metropolis. So all in all if the chance is there we must always attempt to see if we are able to make it work.

“There may be potential to do one thing particular. There are activations and sponsors that might actually have interaction and get into the opportunity of 10 days of Method 1, or probably extra.

“I feel we’d have extra folks desirous about placing collectively and placing on extra activation, exhibitions, shows — I feel we might activate the entire metropolis round it downtown by creating an enormous F1 fan zone that may actually make for a spectacular occasion.”

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